A local convenience shop in the heart of a residential area could soon be expanding its offer following a successful planning application.
The owners of Barton Green Convenience Store, which also houses a Post Office, have been granted conditional permission to extend the building to become three retail units instead of one.
The shop in Hartness Road, Clifton will be retained and no changes will be made to the existing business.
The plan is for the conservatory to the rear of the site to be demolished and a single storey extension added, meaning a redesign of the shop layout to enable the storage areas to be split into three retail units.
The two new units will then be available to rent.
The planning document states: “The client does not have any potential users lined up for this space, but would welcome a hairdresser or pharmacy type of usage.”
To maintain access to the rear of the building and to the first floor flat, a new internal passage from the front of the building to the back has been created with a new personal door.
Then three new shop fronts will be installed to the new units, in dark grey coated aluminium, with the current block paving being adjusted to give level access to all doorways.
All shop fronts will have automatic sliding doors, and the existing roller shutters will be utilised where possible.
Signage to the new retail units will be as per the existing signboards.
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The document adds: “The proposed works will offer additional retail services to this area of Clifton in what is an established commercial use building.
“The alterations are low impact and will bring benefit to the local community by providing additional services locally.
“We have worked with the local authority to establish a suitable scheme and the client has compromised on their original ideas to meet the local authorities needs.”
The application has been prepared by Lacey & Owen Architectural Services Ltd on behalf of the client, Mr & Mrs Dosanjh.
Owner Mandeep Dosanjh told Nottinghamshire Live: “We are very pleased with the decision. We have owned the building since May 2018.
“We just saw an opportunity to grow as this is the only shop in this residential area.
“We did originally look to get planning permission for a food takeaway but there were complaints – so we came to this idea, which has been accepted.
“It could be an office space for someone, a salon or beautician.
“Residents know about the work but they don’t know what’s coming so it’ll be interesting.
“Once we have met the conditions of the application we plan to move forward with development this year.”
Resident Arwin Dantis, 47, said: “It’s quite a popular shop with nice owners, so it’s good to see the expansion.
“The Post Office is really useful and does get busy.
“There are no other cashpoints nearby so it is handy.
“A salon would be good, I think there is only one other barber nearby.
“There are a mixture of homes round here, so even expanding the shop to have more products would be good, as it has been busier in lockdown.”
There were some residents who felt apprehensive about the new plans following the earlier proposals of a takeaway.
Two neighbours who did not wish to be named said there were concerns among some about the impact of traffic.
One said: “There are also going to be some other developments in the area including nearly 300 homes, so the potential extra traffic is concerning.
“It is already hard with parking and people use the road to turn around – and people will travel by car not just on foot.”
“I’m not convinced that the expansion is really needed with so much in Clifton already,” another said.